What is Better Than Bouillon and Why We Love It

Need a solution for flavorless imitation stock? Swap out your Swanson chicken broth for a real flavor enhancer. Better Than Bouillon is your secret weapon to amping up the flavor in your basic chicken noodle soup. Better Than Bouillon is a seasoning base that's great to enhance the chicken flavor in chicken soup or add a depth of flavor to gravies.

Better Than Bouillon has been around for four generations and continues to satisfy customers across the globe. Their bases are sold in most supermarkets, including Walmart and Amazon.

What is Better Than Bouillon?

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Better Than Bouillon is a paste made from real meat, vegetables, and spices. It adds a unique umami taste and enhances the flavor in whatever you are cooking. Their bases are sold in a jar, rather than cube form, making it easier to control the amount of seasoning.

Better than Bouillon prides itself on using real ingredients, like real chicken meat, beef, and vegetables in their bases.

Their roasted chicken base is made from roasted chicken, salt, sugar, corn syrup solids, and hydrolyzed soy protein. The addition of turmeric adds a nice color. The yeast extract they use is made from baker's yeast.

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Better than Bouillon contains only 10 calories and 0g total fat. The total carbohydrate is only 1% of your daily value. Doesn't seem too bad, right? As a disclaimer, it's not all healthy. Each serving contains a whopping 30% of your daily sodium! Oy!

What is Bouillon?

Bouillon cubes are made from dehydrated broth from vegetables, meat or chicken stock, MSG, and seasonings. They're usually extremely salty and lack depth of flavor.

One of the most popular bouillon brands is Knorr bouillon. They have three varieties, including chicken, beef, and vegetable. You can purchase their bouillon in small cartons containing 6 individually wrapped cubes. They also sell containers of granulated bouillon.

Knorr's bouillons are not gluten-free, as they are made with malt. However, Knorr does produce a line of gluten-free side dishes, like risotto and pasta.

Why We Love Better Than Bouillon

There are countless reasons to love Better Than Bouillon, taste just being one factor. Unlike boxed stocks that need to be thrown out after a week, Better Than Bouillon stays good for months. They also have an incredible selection of bouillon bases, for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

For vegetarians and vegans, flavors include seasoned vegetable, roasted garlic base, mushroom base, organic seasoned vegetable base, vegetarian no chicken base, vegetarian no beef base, and sauteed onion base.

They even have their own line of premium bases. These bases include more unique flavors, like lobster base, organic chicken base, turkey base, chili base, and ham base. The roasted beef base is a premium product because of its use of roast beef, which gives the base an intense beef flavor. If you're just starting out, you can't go wrong with the Better Than Bouillon premium roasted chicken base

On the Better Than Bouillon website, you can find basic stock directions. All you have to do is dissolve one teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon in 8 fl oz of boiling water. This makes it equivalent to an 8oz can of broth.

Store Better Than Bouillon in the fridge after opening. Once opened, it will stay good for about 18 months if refrigerated.

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